The impact of financial deepening on income inequality: Empirical evidence from Australia

Yongfen Shi, Sudeshna Paul, Sudharshan Reddy Paramati

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The present research paper is designed to explore the role of financial development indicators on income inequality in Australia using yearly data from 1980 to 2014. Our study also accounts for other potential determinants of income inequality such as inflation, per capita income and trade openness. Our results from Bayer and Hanck (2013) cointegration test confirm the long‐run equilibrium relationship across the models. Similarly, the long‐run estimates from the quantile regression models and non‐parametric approach indicate that the financial development indicators, foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, inflation and trade openness have significant positive impact on income inequality in Australia. However, the growth in per capita income plays the opposite role. Given these findings, our study offers numerous policy and practical implications and adds an important value to the empirical literature on the nexus between financial development and income inequality.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Finance and Economics
Early online date1 Dec 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Dec 2020


  • Australia
  • FDI inflows
  • financial development
  • income inequalities
  • per capita income
  • trade openness


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